Hong Kong labour secretary Chris Sun pursues talent and elderly care collaboration in Fuzhou

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Photo shows Mr Sun (fourth right) calling on Deputy Director General of the Fujian Provincial Department of Civil Affairs Mr Ouyang Xiaobo (fourth left) this morning to learn more about the elderly service planning in Fujian and explore how to cope with challenges in long-term care services amid an ageing population.

5th March 2024 – (Fuzhou) Hong Kong’s Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Chris Sun, alongside Director of Hong Kong Talent Engage (HKTE), Mr Anthony Lau, engaged in strategic discussions with Fujian officials during his visit to Fuzhou on March 5.

The morning session saw Mr Sun and Mr Lau meet with Mr Hong Changchun, Deputy Director of the Fujian Provincial Department of Human Resources and Social Security. They discussed collaborative efforts to attract and support foreign talent, with Mr Sun highlighting the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s successful policies aimed at bolstering the city’s competitive edge by retaining skilled individuals. HKTE’s commitment to this cause includes offering comprehensive support for mainland and international professionals aiming to settle in Hong Kong. The upcoming Global Talent Summit and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area High-quality Talent Development Conference in May further underscores Hong Kong’s ambition to establish itself as a premier global destination for high-calibre talent and to enhance the mobility of professionals within the Greater Bay Area.

In a subsequent meeting with Mr Ouyang Xiaobo, Deputy Director General of the Fujian Provincial Department of Civil Affairs, Mr Sun’s delegation discussed the challenges and strategies associated with elderly service planning, particularly in light of an ageing population. With strong socio-economic and transport connections tying Guangdong and Fujian to Hong Kong, and a significant number of Hong Kong’s retirees residing in these provinces, the HKSAR Government’s provision of portable cash assistance through various schemes has been a central topic. The schemes, benefiting approximately 25,500 and 2,500 elderly Hong Kong residents in Guangdong and Fujian respectively, underscore the cross-border commitment to social welfare.

The visit culminated in a lunchtime discussion with Mr Li Lin, Party Secretary and Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office and Director General of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Fujian Province. Mr Sun took this opportunity to share updates on Hong Kong’s labour, manpower, and welfare policies before concluding the visit and returning to Hong Kong with his delegation.

Photo shows Mr Sun (right) calling on the Party Secretary and Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office and Director General of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Fujian Province, Mr Li Lin (left), this afternoon. Mr Sun updated him on the latest developments in Hong Kong’s labour, manpower and welfare policies.